A family-owned food manufacturing business from Carole Park has been named the Premier of Queensland’s Exporter of the Year 2019.

Trisco Foods is owned by the Tristram family, which has been manufacturing food and beverage products in Queensland since 1875.

The company produces world-class food ingredients, such as syrups and flavourings, which are used by leading food companies in Australia and overseas.

Trisco has been exporting for many years and has a strong presence throughout Asia. This year it also opened a factory in Colorado Springs to service demand in the USA.

Trisco was one of 16 Queensland businesses named winners at the Premier of Queensland’s Export Awards Gala in Brisbane on 10 October.

Speaking after accepting the award, Trisco’s Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Mark Halloran, said it was great to see the company’s team recognised for their hard work.

‘Winning the Exporter of the Year Award at the Premier of Queensland’s Export Awards is quite a shock, to be honest,’ he said.

‘But … we’ve done the hard work and all that goes into the export area of our business.

‘It’s very rewarding for the team.’

Mr Halloran also thanked TIQ for its support.

‘Trade and Investment Queensland has been intimately involved in a number of markets we’re now selling products into,’ he said.

‘The team at TIQ has been very supportive, helpful and professional.’

This year’s awards again demonstrated the diversity of Queensland’s export sector, with other winners including Circa Contemporary Circus (Creative Industries), Ryan Aerospace (Small Business), Australian Language Schools (International Education and Training) and beef producer Mort & Co (Agribusiness, Food and Beverages Award).

Winners also came from diverse locations, with regional business from the Gold Coast to Cairns taking out 8 of the awards.

The Tristram family is well known by older Queenslanders as the name behind one of the state’s most popular soft drinks and the marketing slogan ‘Say Tristrams Please’.

The brand and soft drink business was sold to Cadbury Schweppes in 1970 when Trisco Foods began and the family started to concentrate on the ingredients business.

Queensland has around 7,300 goods-exporting companies, which sold $87 billion worth of goods to the world last financial year.

Winners in the national categories at the Queensland awards will now go on to compete in the Australian Export Awards in Canberra in December.

Visit the awards website for more information on all the winners.

Winners – Premier of Queensland’s Export Awards 2019

Queensland award categories:

  • Premier of Queensland’s Exporter of the Year: Trisco Foods
  • Dermot McManus Awards for Innovation: Clipchamp
  • Richard Joel Award for the Defence Industry: ImmersaView
  • Tom Burns Award for Women in International Business: Kim Parascos, CEO, iVolve Industrial Technology

National award categories:

  • Agribusiness, Food and Beverages: Mort & Co
  • Creative Industries: Circa Contemporary Circus
  • E-Commerce: Knotwood
  • Emerging Exporter: Natural Evolution
  • International Education and Training: Australian Language Schools
  • International Health: Trisco Foods
  • Manufacturing and Advanced Materials: Alpha-H
  • Minerals, Energy and Related Services: International Mill Relines
  • Professional Services: Populous
  • Regional Exporter: HeliMods
  • Small Business: Ryan Aerospace
  • Sustainability: Envirotech Education
  • Technology and Innovation: AKIPS